Here's the thing about most New Year's Resolutions - they don't work. Resolutions are not solutions, and they are not the way to make long-term changes. Read on to learn how to set New Year's Solutions to finally see the results you're looking for.
Drink more water
Now - define "healthier," "better", "more" - healthier than what? Better than what? More than what?
These goals are so unspecific, they are destined to fail. If you add 10 minutes of sleep each night, are you sleeping "more?" Technically speaking, yes. Are you getting much benefit out of "more" sleep? No.
What about eating? If you eat a salad once a week, are you eating healthier? Yes. But if you're eating cheeseburgers and pizza for your other meals, that one salad probably doesn't matter much.
How about workouts? Maybe you add in a walk or two a week. Movement is wonderful. But if you want to see actual results, you need to set actual goals.
So, here's what I propose to you, 4 days into the new year -
Nope, not joking. Throw it away. Then go get a piece of paper and a pen, or open a blank note on your computer, and lets get to work. Ready?
If you've never heard of SMART goals before, now's the time to start. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Repeatable, and Time-Sensitive.
Each goal or "Solution" that we're going to set is going to meet each of these criteria.
Resolution: Eat Healthier
Solution: Eat a large handful of vegetables at every meal.
See what I did there? Specific - eat vegetables. Measureable - a large handful. Attainable - we can make this happen. Repeatable - we can make this happen over and over. Time Sensitive - at every meal.
Let's do the rest of them:
Resolution: Sleep better
Solution: Sleep at least 7 hours every night.
Resolution: Workout more
Solution: Attend group fitness classes 4 days a week.
Resolution: Drink more water
Solution: Drink a large glass of water first thing in the morning before I do anything else.
I think it goes without saying that the last resolution on our list will actually be a RESULT of our New Year's
If you make specific solutions to your perceived problems, you're much more likely to succeed with them, and if you succeed with your goals, you're much more likely to be happier.
What are your New Year's Solutions for your Resolutions?